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August 14, 2019

What Should You Ask About Kitchen Cabinet Knobs?


kitchen cabinet knobsThough kitchen cabinet knobs may appear to be only simple everyday hardware needed exclusively for the practical purpose of opening cabinet doors, there is actually a great more to them than that. Kitchen cabinet knobs come in hundreds, if not thousands of different styles and can make a significant difference in your kitchen’s décor.  They can help you to design a new look for the room, or can put the final finishing touch on a large home improvement project. 

Because there are so many different choices, it’s a good idea to understand kitchen cabinet knobs before you pull out your wallet and make your purchase.  Ask the following questions and have a look at their answers before you start narrowing down your kitchen cabinet  knobs selections.

What exactly are kitchen cabinet knobs?

As there are so many different types of hardware, it is important for you to know the terminology before making a purchase.  This is because there is a difference between kitchen cabinet knobs and other types of hardware such as pulls.  Kitchen cabinet knobs at their most basic level, are attached using a single attachment point, usually a screw.  On the other hand, pulls – also known as handles –have two or more attachment points.  Though two is the most common number of screws for pulls, some forms, such as bin pulls, have three attachment holes.

What do kitchen cabinet knobs cost?

Just as there are is an extremely wide variety of different kitchen cabinet knobs styles, there is also a broad range of prices.  Though you will be able to find some types of kitchen cabinet knobs for $1 each or less, there are also much more expensive varieties that can cost over $300 each.  Fortunately, there is also a good selection of options in between those two extremes. 

This means that no matter what your budget may be for your room remodeling, you will be able to find kitchen cabinet knobs that will fit nicely.  The price of kitchen cabinet knobs is dependent on a number of factors including the material, size, intricacy of the design, brand, whether they are mass produced or handmade, and where they are purchased. 

What features should you look for in kitchen cabinet knobs?

When you understand what type of hardware you want and you know which ones are within your budget, you can look at the individual options.  As you examine them, there are certain features that you should keep in mind:

  • Kitchen cabinet knobs or pulls? – have a look at the cabinetry you have in place.  If all you’re replacing is the hardware, you will likely want to work with either knobs or pulls based on what is already there.  Otherwise, you will need to fill old holes, resurface the cabinetry fronts, and drill new holes.  This can be extremely expensive when all you want to do is replace the kitchen cabinet knobs.
  • The feel of the kitchen cabinet knobs – before buying knobs, touch them.  This will let you know if they are comfortable to use or if they are too slippery, pointy, or otherwise unpleasant.
  • The size of the kitchen cabinet knobs – kitchen cabinet knobs that are too small can be challenging to grip and might slip more easily, while those that are too large may simply be uncomfortable.  Equally, kitchen cabinet knobs that are too short might make it difficult to get a hold of them, while those that are too tall may catch on clothing as you walk by.  This can be painful or dangerous – especially if you’re carrying something sharp or hot.

With this practical understanding, you’re ready to examine the actual styles of the kitchen cabinet knobs so that you can make the right choice for your kitchen’s unique style and décor, as well as for your own personal taste. 

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